Ali & Tyler’s Elegant Summer Garden Wedding at Mildale Farm

When the wedding day for this down-to-earth and friendly duo arrived, it was filled with nothing but good luck and love! I say that because, up until just about five minutes before Ali and Tyler were scheduled to have their first look, it rained. And, what could’ve been a 100-degree day with no breeze ended up being a beautiful 80-degree summer day—perfect for a celebration in the Midwest.

Having gotten engaged in Italy, they found a way to weave in some unique Tuscan design elements into their elegant summer garden-themed day. Not to mention, they focused on savoring time with their loved ones in the midst of what could be a very busy day for any bride and groom.

From moments with their nine flower girls to two memorable first looks (one with the father of the bride and another with the groom), and a gathering with the bridal party in Mildale Farm’s estate house before kicking off the evening’s events, Ali and Tyler were truly surrounded by a fun-loving, supportive circle of family and friends who were eager to cheer them on—from down the aisle to out on the dance floor!

But, I won’t give too much away as bride Ali shares everything you want and need to know about her and her husband’s soirée at Mildale Farm. And, many thanks to Whitney Kinnison Photography for sharing these perfectly-captured moments with us!

How did you two meet? And, how did he pop the question? Tell us your love story.

Tyler and I met while in college at the University of Arkansas and dated for five years, three of which were long distance. After I graduated from PT school, we took a trip to Italy to celebrate. On our second night, Tyler took me to a private lookout point over Florence, Italy, and proposed with a hidden photographer to capture for our family.

Describe your wedding vibe in one sentence:

Elegant summer garden.

What was your wedding/event hashtag?

#twotootsforthompson

How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?

210

Where did you allocate the most funds?

Catering and the venue.

Where did you allocate the least funds?

Stationary. My mom is very artsy and made several of the decorations herself.

Share a few things that helped you along the way with planning a wedding.

McKenzie, TheKnot.com, friends and family! My mom was a lifesaver planning all the details.

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them.

  • Can't Help Falling in Love” by Elvis - The bridal party walked to this per Tyler's request.

  • Canon in D” - It was the first song I ever memorized on the piano and always dreamed of walking down the aisle to this.

  • Wagon Wheel” - Tyler and I met swing dancing at a football tailgate and knew we wanted to swing dance for our first dance.

Did you have something borrowed, something blue, something old, and something new? If so, do tell!

I borrowed both of my grandmother's rings, which were tied into my bouquet. I wore blue shoes, and my something new was my garter that my mom bought for me. It was also blue!

Let us know your best practical advice for a soon-to-be bride.

No matter how hard you try, you can't make everyone happy with all the details and decisions. So, ultimately decide what is best for you and your future spouse because it is your day to remember.

What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together?

We are loving being dog parents to our mini Goldendoodle and planning to buy a house next May. We are looking forward to traveling and starting a family.

What’s one thing that WOWed you while working with McKenzie Phillips Events?

She was very attentive to every detail the day of and kept our schedule perfectly on time! Her assistants were very helpful as well!


Photographer: Whitney Kinnison Photography | Venue: Mildale Farm | Catering: Brancato’s | Desserts: Price Chopper & Brigit Cousin | Florist: Blooms by Breck | Hair & Makeup: Frankie’s Hair Salon | Music: String and Sound | Videographer: Michael Coy | Lighting: Bella Boda Designs | Bride’s Gown: Mia’s Bridal | Bride’s Accessories: Mia’s Bridal & Target | Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie | Menswear: Tip Top Tux